Beer has been a part of our lives since the beginning... and it all started with donavon.

Donavon Brewing Company is a family business headquartered in Arvada, Colorado. Keith and Jodi Villa, along with their daughter Catherine, create specialty, high-end beers that are meant to be paired with meals to offer an exceptional tasting experience. With our rich Colorado heritage, we’re a family of creators, innovators, and artisans who love making quality craft beer. Our commitment and drive will lay the foundation for a legacy to be passed down for generations to come.



Who was donavon?

Donavon Nelson, first and foremost, was the patriarch of our family. Soft-spoken but quick-witted, he had many life lessons to share and was always willing to impart them over a beer during a Broncos game. He was a source of inspiration to many and that is why we started this brewery in his name. Cheers, Grandpa!

Donavon was born and raised in the northeast Colorado town of Peetz. In 1959 he moved closer to Denver and began a career at Adolph Coors Company. After setting up and running Coors’ in-house printing department, he moved on to the accounting department as Company Cashier. In 1969, Donavon accepted a position at Coors’ Media Advertising Department, and subsequently retired from Coors as General Manager of their in-house advertising agency. He and his wife, Helen, raised three kids (one of whom is Jodi, our Co-Founder & President) in Arvada, Colorado. 


From left:
Donavon's son-in-law Keith, granddaughter Marie, daughter Jodi, granddaughter Catherine, and Donavon Nelson